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Google: customer’s destruction does not harm competition

Google: customer’s destruction does not harm competition

GCR USA - 17 January 2019

Driving a customer out of business does not have the potential to diminish market competition, Google told a California judge on Tuesday who had ordered the company to clarify its argument against an antitrust challenge brought by a stock photography website.

Throwback Thursday birthday: The Tipline for 17 January 2019

GCR USA - 17 January 2019

Former Sidley Austin associate Michelle Robinson turns 55 today. Robinson, who worked at the firm for three years beginning in 1988, was part of a team that represented AT&T in its hostile takeover bid for NCR and acted for Union Carbide against a challenge from the Federal Trade Commission as it sought to make a sale to Arco. Robinson would later mentor one of the firm’s summer associates – Barack Obama – whom she married in 1992.

Spanish enforcer suffers another loss

Spanish enforcer suffers another loss

16 January 2019

Spain’s highest court has upheld a decision annulling €120 million in fines on Orange, Vodafone and Telefónica, marking the second major cancellation of a multimillion-euro antitrust sanction by the nation’s courts in less than a week.

Panasonic granted leniency in India

Panasonic granted leniency in India

16 January 2019

India’s competition watchdog has granted Panasonic’s local subsidiary immunity for its role in a dry cell battery cartel, but has levied more than €123,200 in penalties on consumer goods company Godrej & Boyce and its directors.

ECJ confirms that EU enforcer violated UPS’s defence rights

ECJ confirms that EU enforcer violated UPS’s defence rights

16 January 2019

The European Court of Justice has upheld a lower court’s decision finding that the European Commission violated its own procedural rules when it blocked UPS’s attempted takeover of TNT in 2013.

Senate questions nominee on antitrust

Senate questions nominee on antitrust

GCR USA - 16 January 2019

A bipartisan chorus of senators on the Judiciary Committee has asked President Donald Trump’s choice for attorney general, William Barr, for his views on antitrust enforcement at the Department of Justice.

Shapiro: Qualcomm’s licensing practices harm consumers

Shapiro: Qualcomm’s licensing practices harm consumers

GCR USA - 16 January 2019

Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices raise rivals’ costs and the prices paid by consumers, the Federal Trade Commission’s economic expert has testified.

Belly up to the antitrust Barr: The Tipline for 16 January 2019

GCR USA - 16 January 2019

When the Senate judiciary committee gave Jeff Sessions a hearing on his nomination to be attorney general, pretty much the only people who asked about antitrust were the chairman and highest-ranking Democrat of the relevant subcommittee. A little more than two years later, several senators had a lot to say on the topic.

BA should be liable for earliest cartel conduct, claimants argue

BA should be liable for earliest cartel conduct, claimants argue

15 January 2019

Claimants against the air cargo cartel have argued that they should be able to claim damages from British Airways dating back three years earlier than a UK trial court had ruled.

CADE probes alleged aviation insurance cartel

CADE probes alleged aviation insurance cartel

15 January 2019

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog is investigating 11 aviation and aerospace insurance and brokerage companies that allegedly exchanged information, in what appears to be a similar probe to one already underway by the European Commission.